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Boulder Ablaze by kkart Boulder Ablaze by kkart
Last evening myself and ~PaulGana went to photograph the "Fourmile Canyon Wildfire",which is burning behind and above the city of Boulder, and what awaited us was something the likes of which I have never seen. I always wanted to photograph a wildfire, but I have to say, I couldn't help but stop and be reminded of the people who are and have lost their homes, and whose lives are changed forever. Thank goodness for very long lenses is all I can say. I would in no way want to be close to this monster. Talk about bittersweet, this very shot now seems to be going viral on twitter [link] and is approaching 10,000 views in just a few hours. I only wish I never had to photograph it to begin with... This was shot with my Sony a550 and my Tamron 200-400mm lens. I am reminded of a quote with this shot--"Even when causing her most destruction, Mother Nature is still beautiful", very true, it is just very sad to see it....

I hope you all like it

EDIT--- As of 4pm Denver time today, this photo has now been picked up by The AP (Associated Press) so if anyone sees it please get a shot of it in use, or a screen cap. Their client base is huge and includes many news agencies (NBC, CBS, Time Magazine, etc etc) along with several online news resources, like Yahoo, AOL, Google, etc etc If anyone happens to see it online please by all means get a screen shot for me! If you see it in print please take a snap shot of it for me!
Thanks everyone!

See more on my website all work copyrighted 2010 John De Bord. Feel free to link to this shot on Facebook, Twitter, etc. I welcome the extra exposure!
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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-09-28
I kept going back and forth on this one because of the number of faves achieved on this deviation. But at the end, a daily deviation isn't just about how many faves it has or lacks. It's about seeing a freaking good photo and sharing it with the world because it absolutely deserves it.

Suggested by =TimberClipse who says, "This is an amazing photograph with an amazing background! Many photographers know `kkart and he shows just how amazing and talented he truly is!"

Also suggested by =the-arkz who says, " It's a very newsworthy photograph that was taken very beautifully!"

Boulder Ablaze by `kkart

[Photojournalism / Natural Events]
( Featured by Timothy-Sim )
valwolfpaw Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Breathless, My father fought in the fire for 4 days straight with little sleep. I was amazed to see everyone working together, though emotions, and actions were so close to snapping. Great shot!
Klara999 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
This is really a great shot...
NigNag Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
QuantumGinger Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I saw these I was like, Colorado! and I read and I was like...O_o woah!
Emilee0The0Strange Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Holy crap o_o
Puuronen Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Huh... I can see a strong contrast in this photo somehow. The city and the fires behind it....Great capture.
Christa-S-Nelson Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I was on my way home from a camping trip south of boulder when we saw a huge pillar of smoke coming from boulder. we had no idea what happened, its was terrifying!
Sparia Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Student General Artist
have no words for this one...
bluebonnets Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
I recall the "old fire/gran prix fire" in southern california a few years back looked quite similar. beautiful yet destructive; it destroyed many of my favorite places of youth.
Dagger-Kitsune Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Hauntingly beautiful.
anjaleck Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I read every word of your comments and I agree with you about the beauty of nature. This just goes to show one the dichotomy of nature - awesomely destructive and awesomely beautifyl
MrSandmanGR Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Too sad!
nikoll68 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
TimberClipse Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I have featured your piece in my news article about Photography, Photography Editing and Photography Manipulation.


P.S. John, I'd love your feedback on this subject :)


kkart Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
thanks and I commented
TimberClipse Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks John!

Chris-Fattori Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
satanicamente hermoso
MSimpsonPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This image has been featured here! [link] :hug:
cutekitty23 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It's soo beautiful in a dangerous sad way....
nas1234 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Scary stuff, and I'll be out there on a wildfire management team soon. Wish us luck. You're a talented photographer.
jamesjr2 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Great shot John, sad indeed...
WolfsPoet Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010   Photographer
You have been featured here

-Staff member of :iconvisionxphoto:
KrIsItY-ChEeSeMaN43 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
that is sad.. but what an amazing shot! :+fav:
ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
congrats - this is a stunning photo however so deserves such regaurd - truly impressive! John de Bord does it again!
Nwair55 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
a very well deserved DD ! truly touching
inivux Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks like the hills around my part of California during the wildfires fro ma few years ago. Fire in every direction.
DystopianUtahraptor Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember that.

I work at the Super WalMart in Longmont and I remember one lady went through the lanes with like ... six carts of groceries and supplies. Spent something close to six thousand dollars. When asked by the cashier why so much, she said that only a hundred-fifty was for herself; the rest, she was donating to the refugees of this fire.

Longmont was smoky for a few days during it; caused some health problems too.

Either way, I'm glad it's over now and that is honestly a stunning photo of it.
shashet68 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
My family lives in Nederland, this is a beautiful pic of the ferocity of nature, thank you for posting it.
Megerama Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist
It was startling to find this, and even more startling to find out it was from Boulder. I'm originally from Colorado, but I'm out of state for college right now, so I had no idea this was even happening...
Had I been home to hear about it, this would have been somewhat frightening.
rydi1689 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
More than deserved DD! I am absolutely speechless!!
muffiestuff Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh, it's beautiful! I can't help it, it's lovely!
OwltheStrange Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I live in Golden, right next to Boulder! :D
The sunsets were pretty for a while, thanks to this. But it's very scary. D:
laika-sky Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Amazingly frightening and beautiful at the same time. I've never seen a wildfire before.
hoaxeye Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD.
ShadowAndChaos Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Beautiful yet dangerous...
Twixxo Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
nice job :D
ebonypen Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel for you, I just had one of those about a mile behind my house on a hill. We were close to getting evacuated (about half of my school was) and a few houses were lost. It screwed a lot of stuff up :depressed:
Grynomite44 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Oh man :( be blessed and safe!
LuigiBoy85 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
damn dude.....
hazlenutx2 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist

Just remember this... When a wild fire burns, yes it is destructive and hurtful. But when it is over, what's left is fertile ground. Imagine all the new beginnings. :heart:
candysamuels Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I live in got great pictures!
Debb555 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
indeed there's a huge amount of beauty in all this, like it
dam why can't we live in a more independent society!
666redruM Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Such a beautiful shot!
ProjectENDO Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
holy crap dude so this is whut the apocalypse looks like
ChaoticMiko Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Oh my god. That's intense. Beautiful and sad. Nice shot.
conkeronine Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Gabbyg27 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
OOOOOO pretty
Rigel4 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
A very beautiful gallery of stunning scenes. That is very beautiful country out there and I agree. The Boulder scene is frightening even as it is beautiful.
Shiinsan23 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
I KNEW someone would get a DD for taking a picture of the Fourmile Fire. Beautiful picture! I'm going to have to show this picture to my dad!
Slangh Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Student Artist
It looks beautiful and apocalyptic. Congratulations!
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